For those of us with the gift of sight, we rely heavily on the visual world to guide our thoughts, ideas, and our life. “Seeing is believing,” the old cliché asserts, somehow missing the mark that belief is an act of faith as well. “Believe only half of what you see and nothing that you hear,” Edgar Allen Poe warned, instilling the necessity of doubt in our sense, as well as in his very words.
For sight is a sense perceived not only with the eyes, but with all the faculties of the mind, body, and spirit working as one. The very fact that the retina inverts the world so that it appears upside down and requires our brain’s ability to reverse this information is evidence of the fact that the optical world may not be what it appears. Yet, such is our dependency on sight that we rarely doubt the initial impressions it makes.
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Photo: Rubén Ortiz, Life After Life, Mexico, 2007, ©Rubén Ortiz